Friday, April 3, 2009

Megan Joy's Brother vs. Kara: War of the Words.

US weekly has published a brief story about the "interaction" between Kara DioGuardi and Megan Joy's brother. If you recall, during the show, Kara was critiquing Megan Joy and someone from the audience called her a "broken record". The story addresses the aftermath . . . Check it out. Thanks Idol News from the Twitter!


  1. I find it refreshing that the arena of public opinion is still valued in our society. As Americans, we have been taught to fight for what we believe in and to challenge the injustices of the world. The freedom of speech concept relates well to the field of social work practice through focusing on the importance of valuing a respecting one another's beliefs. The differences in our society are what makes it so interesting and exciting. If we were all alike with similar perceptions, how boring would our life be? Further, how could we learn about our own personal limitations and bias, without recognizing the assets of others. It is only through conflict and diversity that true change can be accomplished.

  2. Post by Julie Lindsey

    It is often times difficult to accept criticism, but I cannot imagine how mentally and physically straining it must be to be judged and criticized in front of a live audience and with most of America watching. Perhaps the contestants and family members should go through psychological testing to see if they are mentally prepared to be on the show. I do think that the judges on American Idol can be a bit cruel, but that’s why it’s called entertainment. Others suffer for our entertainment, a little sad don’t you think.

  3. Josh,

    Like I asked you in class:

    Do you watch this crap? :)

    Posted by Brent Eubanks

  4. Patricia Ford
    Orginial Post

    What Joy and her brother did may have been considered rude and disrespectful among other things. However, I was not standing where she was standing nor feeling what she was feeling. How would I have reacted if I saw someone criticizing my sister publicly and saw the humiliation on her face? I don’t know. For me, it’s not about whether the two of them were right or wrong. I became more intrigued with the replies about what happened. People were calling her white trash, stating she would get her a.. beat among other things. They don’t know this young lady. In fact, they became pots calling the kettle black. This is an illustration of how we (society) tend to judge everything without putting ourselves in the other person’s shoes. We don’t care what it is, we have an opinion about. This was important for me because I believe as social workers we should hold ourselves to higher standards. I know we are entitled to our opinions but I challenge each one of us to stop, think, analyze the situation then make a decision. This is not to say that you don’t do this already but I know I can struggle with this a bit. I am reminded of the recent story where the young man recently killed two of his sisters beheading one of them and severely injuring another. The mother made the choice to have all three of her children, including the murderer, buried together. There was so much uproar over that. That was that family’s tragedy and that mother’s decision. I have begun challenging myself not to just jump to an opinion but to analyze it. My analysis of this situation led me to understand the mother’s point of view. Whether I would have had as forgiving heart, I hope I will never know.

  5. Patricia Ford
    Response to Julie Lindsey

    You are right; it is difficult to accept criticism to some degree. A great deal of people care about putting their best foot forward and it hurts when you are criticized. However, learning to accept criticism is crucial because eventually every one is criticized. It helps you grow and learn from mistakes. However, I don't know how I would have reacted if I saw my family member being criticized publicly. Then I look at age. I know eighteen year old Trish would not have responded as maturely as the Trish you all have come to know. However, I agree, it is sad that others suffer for our entertainment.

  6. Like Julie said I cannot imagine how mentally and physically exhausting it is to be on this show being judged and critized not only in front of a live audience but also your family. I think her brother just reacting with his emotions and did not process what he had said. I don't think we or Kara should think badly toward him for standing up for his sister. I am sure he did not mean to offend Kara as badly as it appears she was offended but he did want to make a point and that he did. When someone signs up for a show such as American Idol they must be prepared to expect anything to happen. Yes, I am entertained by them but like I said they should know what they are up against.

  7. Response to Melanie Reeves by Julie Lindsey

    I agree that freedom of speech is definitely related to social work. I do however; think that no matter what arena you may be in whether it be personal or professional, that one should watch what they say. I think that people need to be mindful of how they are perceived. Guard you words, think before you speak.